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An artsy labor of love

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9:38 am

For more than 50 years, Labor Day weekend in Colonial Beach has meant it is time for the Arts and Crafts show on the boardwalk. This year was the 52 show, and it brought in artists and crafters from the tri-state area as well as patrons from the all over the world.

Walking the boardwalk this weekend you could hear languages from American English and British English to Spanish and Vietnamese. One family caught wandering the boardwalk and taking in all the sights and sounds of town was Linh Nguyen along with three generations of her family. On a sightseeing trip around the United States, the family was directed to Colonial Beach by a friend from D.C. who has visited the town in the past. Nguyen was delighted by works on display by the myriad of artists saying, “Colonial Beach is beautiful and so are many of the things here.”

Nguyen  was not alone in this as the boardwalk had seemingly nonstop foot traffic. Artisans of all types from those who made plastic canvas crafts to fine art lined the sand and concrete. A booth that has been at many of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce events, Metal Works, owned by Laura McLeod of Heathsville was draped with beautiful silver necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces of jewelry all made by McLeod.

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